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by Matt Brogan

Mazda has released its new Mazda2 light car range this week.

The new range, incorporating five-door hatch and four-door sedan models, offers buyers increased safety levels, more style and even better value for money.

The new Mazda2 evolves the current model’s ‘Dynamic and Exquisite’ design theme with a new, expressive five-point grille, bringing the smaller Mazda model inline with the brand’s new “Family Face”. The new look is complimented by exterior and interior design additions, plus added safety upgrades.

Produced in Mazda’s state-of-the-art Auto Alliance Thailand (AAT) passenger car plant, the new Mazda2 five-door hatch is available in three grades: Neo, Maxx and Genki.

The hatch is also joined for the first time ever by an all-new four-door sedan variant, offered in Maxx-grade only. The new model offering sedan buyers an impressive 200-litre cargo capacity, which can be further expanded to 450-litres thanks to split-fold rear seats.

Starting at just $16,500*, the new Mazda2 Neo hatch model now gains ESP with Traction Control as standard. The added technology incurring no extra cost on the model, with this entry-level hatch now $1005 cheaper than the superseded variant. Other standard features include ABS braking with EBD and EBD, remote locking, driver’s seat height adjustment, front (driver and passenger) SRS airbags, and a centre rear headrest.

Mazda2 Neo models also include a single-CD tuner with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power mirrors and windows and 15-inch steel wheels. In recognition of the new Mazda2 range, the Mazda2 Neo is now available with a national driveaway price of just $16,990.

The mid-spec Mazda2 Maxx is now priced from $19,990* and is available in both sedan and hatch guise. The model adds alloy wheels, side and curtain airbags, a six-CD tuner with steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a rear spoiler (hatch models only) to the Neo’s equipment list. The Mazda2 Maxx is now $1085 cheaper than its predecessor.

Finally, sitting atop the new Mazda2 range, the Mazda2 Genki is priced from $20,940* and includes additional features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed steering wheel, a sports body kit and front fog lamps. The Mazda2 Genki is now $1030 cheaper than the previous generation model.

In addition to the new five-point grille, the new Mazda2 also features revised fog lamp bezels (on Genki models) and a redesigned front bumper bar. Sedan models feature the same front styling as their hatch counterparts, though obviously with a distinctively different rear.

Mazda say the sedan’s look, although based on the rear design of the hatchback, incorporates a wedge-shaped profile and creates a more “grown-up” character in contrast to the energetic, sporty character of its hatch sibling.

The range-topping New Mazda2 Genki adds distinctive black panel inserts in its top sports grille and a unique fog lamp bezel design and of course the addition of the fog lamps themselves.

The New Mazda2 is available in a choice of eight colours per body style. Six of which are mica/metallic, a no cost option at Mazda.

The cabin space is designed to communicate movement and places a strong emphasis on the horizontal plane, achieving a large spatial feel. The contrast between silver accents and an otherwise dark background, along with many round elements, add sportiness and individuality to the cockpit.

The cabin layout also aids driving enjoyment with the gearbox shift lever integrated into the centre console and mounted close to the driver to promote shifting ease. New seat trims have also been included.

Neo gets a hard-wearing grey cloth with black keynote for contrast, while Maxx and Genki gets a higher-quality black trim complete with red and grey highlights and a black keynote for a sportier look.

Mazda2’s body shape assists aerodynamic drag co-efficient, which is now just 0.32Cd for hatch models and 0.30Cd for the sedan, the slippery figure improving fuel economy and reducing wind noise. The new Mazda2 is now 2.3dB quieter than the previous model.

Powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, all new Mazda2 models meet strict EuroIV emissions regulations. Manual variants offering an average combined cycle fuel economy figure of just 6.4L/100km, while automatic models use 6.8L/100km.

Like the rest of the Mazda range, the new Mazda2 is backed by a three year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Mazda Australia expects to sell approximately 1,100 New Mazda2 models each month.

The new Mazda2 is in showrooms now.

*Pricing is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer and does not include dealer delivery, on-road or statutory charges.




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